DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
HUGH Laurie was going to be Jonathan Creek. He was attached for a while, Alan Davies says, and then he changed his mind. I can totally picture him in the role, can’t you? I haven’t even watched that many Jonathan Creeks and I can still see him in it. He would’ve been great.
House I don’t necessarily love, but Hugh Laurie is a big talent. Very funny. I was reading some of his quotes just then — no reason, I went to look up what he was doing career-wise when Jonathan Creek started that might’ve made him decide not to go ahead with it . . . the Spice Girls movie?
Alan Davies — who didn’t say no to Jonathan Creek — is the first guest on the new series of A Quiet Word With ... I have no recollection of this show being on at the end of last year, but apparently it was. Late on a Tuesday.
It’s a better time slot this year, or earlier anyway, which is just as well, given that Tony Martin went to London to interview some of these people.
A few really good ones ahead . . . or potentially, you just never know. Tony Martin — the comedian? Wears glasses? Not the actor from E Street who also played Neddy Smith in Blue Murder
The right stuff: Tony Martin — and I don’t mean Blue Murder that Caroline Quentin from Jonathan Creek was in.
I mean Blue Murder, one of the greatest television shows to ever be made in this country. Caroline Quentin’s Blue Murder was terrible. Alan Davies has an interesting story about why she left Jonathan Creek.
I could see why they put him on first. He’s amusing and entertaining, and has enough self-deprecation to make us like him. Drops a few industry names, people we all know, gives us a bit of insider dirt, talks about Australia . . . does everything right.
Tony Martin does too. Doesn’t interrupt, is himself funny, which we already know, but not so funny that the guest is going to hate him. A Quiet Word With . . . ABC1, 9.30pm